May 2, 2023 - Graphic Packaging Holding Company today reported results for the first quarter of 2023.
Net Income for first quarter 2023 was $207 million, or $0.67 per share, based upon 309.7 million weighted average diluted shares. This compares to first quarter 2022 Net Income of $107 million, or $0.35 per share, based upon 309.7 million weighted average diluted shares.
The first quarters of 2023 and 2022 were impacted by a net $14 million and a net $25 million of special charges, respectively. When adjusting for special charges and amortization of purchased intangibles, Adjusted Net Income for the first quarter of 2023 was $237 million, or $0.77 per diluted share. This compares to first quarter 2022 Adjusted Net Income of $149 million, or $0.48 per diluted share.
Michael Doss, the Company's President and CEO said, "During the first quarter, our global team continued to advance our proven strategy of running a different race to deliver strong results for our customers and our shareholders. We drove continued net organic sales growth and positioned the business to further capitalize on the growing consumer preference for renewable and recyclable, fiber-based packaging.
"Significant investments in our business continue to result in quality and production cost advantages. During the quarter our newest coated recycled paperboard machine in Kalamazoo exceeded quality, yield and financial expectations. We also began construction on the recently announced state-of-the-art mill in Waco, Texas to further advance our leadership in fiber-based consumer packaging.
"Brands and manufacturers recognize the consumer preference for more sustainable packaging and are making investments to meet that demand. We are pleased to announce that Chick-fil-A is launching our new, highly insulated, double-wall fiber-based cups as a potential long-term solution for their beverage program.
"Confidence in the stability of our business, coupled with our team's unwavering focus on innovation and delivering quality and service to customers, is providing a path to an improved outlook for the full year. As such, we are raising our 2023 Adjusted EBITDA guidance and remain on track to achieve our enhanced Vision 2025 financial goals."
Net Sales increased 9% to $2,438 million in the first quarter of 2023, compared to $2,245 million in the prior year period. The $193 million increase was driven by $236 million of positive pricing, partially offset by $4 million of unfavorable volume/mix and $39 million of foreign exchange impact.
EBITDA for the first quarter of 2023 was $469 million, $134 million higher than the first quarter of 2022. After adjusting both periods for business combinations and other special charges, Adjusted EBITDA was $484 million in the first quarter of 2023 versus $350 million in the first quarter of 2022. When comparing against the prior year quarter, Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2023 was positively impacted by $236 million in pricing and $10 million in net performance. This was partially offset by $2 million in unfavorable volume/mix, $54 million of commodity input cost inflation, $40 million in labor, benefits and other inflation and $16 million of foreign exchange impact.
Total Debt (Long-Term, Short-Term and Current Portion) increased $265 million during the first quarter of 2023 to $5,548 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. Total Net Debt (Total Debt, net of Cash and Cash Equivalents) increased $302 million during the first quarter of 2023 to $5,435 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. The Company returned $59 million in total capital to stockholders, including $31 million in dividend payments and $28 million via share repurchases, in the first quarter of 2023. The Company's first quarter 2023 Net Leverage Ratio was 3.1x Adjusted EBITDA compared to 3.2x at the end of 2022.
At March 31, 2023, the Company had available liquidity of $1,237 million, including the undrawn availability under its global revolving credit facilities.
Net Interest Expense was $58 million in the first quarter of 2023, higher when compared to $42 million reported in the first quarter of 2022 due to higher interest rates.
Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2023 were $196 million, lower when compared to $223 million in the first quarter of 2022.
First quarter 2023 Income Tax Expense was $64 million, up from $46 million in the first quarter of 2022.
The Company is raising its Adjusted EBITDA guidance by $100 million, to $1.9 billion at the midpoint of the range, and updating other guidance metrics as a result. The Company's updated fiscal 2023 annual guidance is as follows:
Graphic Packaging, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a leading provider of sustainable fiber-based packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer products companies. The company operates on a global basis, is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and paper-based foodservice products in the United States and Europe, and holds leading market positions in coated recycled paperboard, coated unbleached kraft paperboard and solid bleached sulfate paperboard.
SOURCE: Graphic Packaging Holding Company
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